Category: Trade Bait

Tip of the Trade: Rashard Lewis and second round pick for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza

An interesting trade made between two rebuilding franchises.

The Wizards have pretty much blown up their roster since the trade deadline. By moving the ever-entertaining Javale Mcgee and trigger happy Nick Young, the Wizards are determined to build around John Wall.

Let’s be clear here. Rashard Lewis is making over 21 million dollars a year. Rashard Lewis is also averaging 7 points a game over 28 games and shooting under 40%. Rashard Lewis made about 100,000 dollars for every point he scored last season.

Rashard Lewis is SHIT.

So it’s a damn good thing that the Wizards were able to find someone to take on his contract. In return they got two players who routinely under perform without the proper motivation and also combined to miss over 60 games last season.

Whoops.

Oh yeah, they also re-signed Randy Wittman.

Rudy Gay on the move?

After a disappointing postseason it appears that Rudy Gay is on the trading block once again.

Entering the 2012 postseason it looked like the Memphis Grizzlies were on the verge of something big. After defeating the top seeded San Antonio Spurs last year without Rudy Gay, the Memphis Grizzlies were expected to go far into this year’s postseason with the dominating front court combination of Gay, Zach Randolph, and Marc Gasol.

However their playoff hopes sputtered and came to a halt when they lost in the first round to Chris Paul’s Los Angeles Clippers.

Rudy Gay is owed 53.7 million dollars over the next three years and moving that contract may be difficult because of the new trend of only signing top-level franchise players. Rudy Gay has always been a borderline franchise player, having never been selected as an all-star despite posting career averages of 17.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg, and 0.9 bpg. All while shooting above the league average mark.

Known throughout his career as a high-flyer and for having a marketable personality, his presence may be sorely needed in teams that are going through a rebuilding process.

As a native of Toronto, I would love to see Rudy Gay bring his abilities to the Toronto Raptors. I believe that pretty much anybody on the team should be considered trade-able and if we can get Rudy Gay in return during his prime, then why not? It’s time to take a risk on something that doesn’t start with Hedo Turkoglu.

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